Educational & Professional Experiences
Apr. 2021 Associate Professor at Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Chubu University.
Jun. 2016 Senior Assistant Professor at Department of Electrical Engineering, Chubu University.
Sep. 2014 Assistant Professor at Department of Electrical Engineering, Chubu University.
Apr. 2013 Assistant at Department of Electrical Engineering, Chubu University.
Aug. 2012 Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas.
May 2008 Master of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Mar. 1999 Bachelor of Science in EE at Muroran Institute of Technology.
Research Interests
My research interest is application-oriented science with the use of low-temperature plasma. Plasma is well-known as the "fourth state of matter" right next to the gas state. In particular, low-temperature plasma has some potentials in applications. This state of matter has many energetic species, such as ions, electrons, photons, etc., although the processing temperature remains less than 500 K. The energetic species enable us to make various chemical reactions in a low-temperature environment!! (You might be able to expect an alternative chemical treatment instead of the use of a furnace.) In fact, modern semiconductor industries cannot expect their mass productions of the central processor unit (the brain of a computer) without plasma. If you would like to have some knowlegdge about the plasma, I strongly recommend reading M. Lieberman's and/or Bittencourt's book.
I found the joy of plasma research in my undergraduate period. One of the research advisors in my career, Prof. Kohki Satoh at Muroran Institute of Technology, introduced me to how interesting the plasma was. He explained at the beginning, "we should be able to create diamonds when we have a technique to make atomic control of carbon alignment. The plasma might be one of the candidates." (In fact, I recognized how difficult it is later on...) Then, I spent one year in Satoh's lab devoting the plasma calculation with the Monte Carlo method as a project team member!
After the bachelor degree, I moved to Dallas, United States of America, to research with plasma application under an international environment. I then earned master and doctoral degrees at the University of Texas at Dallas under the two research advisers, Prof. Lawrence Overzet and Prof. Matthew Goeckner. The theme of my Ph.D. research was the analysis of highly-volatile liquid droplets in low-pressure plasmas. This plasma was (still is) not so popular due to the complexities. The topic is so unique that it turned to my life-time research. Please check my publication (2009) if you are interested in the kind of plasma. (Of course, I am always welcome to research with anyone else!)
I manage a research laboratory at Chubu University, which is located in Nagoya area. (MAP) The following items are the current research projects.
My recent research activities: HERE
I am carrying on these projects with Prof. Keiji Nakamura on a regular basis. I am also doing the projects with 10+ undergrad students and a couple to several grad students constantly. Due to my international experiences, I am always welcome to have international students. Contact me if you are interested in doing the plasma research.
Former Graduate Students
Teaching Classes